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"Decide whether to go it alone or collaborate. Some musicals are primarily the creation of a single genius. Others are the brainchildren of a creative partnership. Collaborators can include a playwright, a lyricist, a composer, a set designer and others. Come up with a concept. Musicals are essentially storytelling through song. You can rewrite an old story in a new way...You can also write a completely new tale drawn from history, autobiography or fantasy. There are no limits, and fact or fiction can be your inspiration. Write a script. Invent compelling characters ranging from heroes to villains to comic relief to narrators. Imagine situations that will challenge these people and decide whether they triumph or fail. Remember that comedy and tragedy are both fair game in a Broadway musical and that the right blend of both is a mark of many acclaimed productions. Compose an original score. The joys and sorrows of the characters suggest moods, styles and lyrics. While the 'show tune' is generally considered a style unto itself, it can be argued that the genre of the musical includes both rock operas like 'Tommy' and operettas like 'The New Moon'. Follow the conventions of the Broadway musical such as the overture, opening number and finale. The first song of the show establishes the [storyline] and introduces at least one of the characters...Songs develop the characters, engage the audience and help to tell the story. Vary styles, themes and moods as you write the musical numbers. One criticism often leveled at Broadway musicals is their tendency toward repetition. Use reprises of instrumental and vocal numbers deliberately to evoke recurring events, ideas and emotions. Use different keys, instruments or singers to create a fresh sound and feel. Find a backer. The road leading to the Great White Way is paved with green dollar bills."
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